Martuni, Armenia

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For the village of the same name located on the northern side of Lake Sevan, see Martuni (village).
Martuni
Մարտունի
Martuni with the Lake Sevan in the background
Martuni with the Lake Sevan in the background
Martuni  Մարտունի is located in Armenia
Martuni  Մարտունի
Martuni
Մարտունի
Location of Martuni in Armenia
Coordinates: 40°08′24″N 45°18′23″E / 40.14000°N 45.30639°E / 40.14000; 45.30639
Country
Marz
 Armenia
Gegharkunik
Government
 • Mayor Bagrat Harutyunyan
Area
 • City 10 km2 (4 sq mi)
Elevation 1,510 m (4,950 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Metro 12,000
Time zone GMT+4 (UTC+4)

Coordinates: 40°08′24″N 45°18′23″E / 40.14000°N 45.30639°E / 40.14000; 45.30639

Martuni (Armenian: Մարտունի) is a town in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia, located on the southern shores of Lake Sevan. Its population is estimated to be 12,000 as of 2009. In ancient times it was known as Mets Kznut, but from 1830-1922 it was called Nerkin Gharanlugh and in 1926 it was changed to Martuni in honor of the first Soviet premier of Armenia, Aleksandr Myasnikyan, whose nom de guerre was "Martuni". Martuni was the former capital of Gegharkunik Province. Martuni has a church called Astvatsatsin church which was rebuilt in 1886. There is also an Iron Age fort excavated in 1997 by an Armenian-Italian team.

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